Operation of multiple uterine fibroids

Fridah is my friend and comes from Uganda. I got to know her there in 2016 and since then we became best friends. Some weeks ago, I got a message from her, when she stayed in the hospital and she told me, that she had multiple fibroids in her uterus. She had lost so much blood during her menstruation that she had to go to the hospital. And there they discovered not only, that they have to remove the fibroids with an operation, but also that her insurance will not pay. To do this operation and to be fine again she needs about 10 million Uganda shillings, which is around 2500 $.

The insurance can’t cover it because it covers only sicknesses that you have gotten when you are already on the insurance. But the fibroids seem to be inborn. Fridah always had menstruation which was very difficult and painful. She always thought this to be normal, but when the menstruation and the pain kept increasing she had to see a gynaecologist and to do some tests. She did 4 scans (ultrasound, MRI) and they all resulted showing fibroids. Even if the fibroids are small, they are increasing in size with every day. And being attached to her veins and her blood stream the fibroids are competing with Fridah for her blood. In this way they make Fridah anemic all the time and her HB is always around 7.8.

Because of that the fibroids have to be removed soon and also because they create her menstruation  to be so heavy and painful, that she can’t even get out of the house or go to work. Sometimes the menstruation even lasts quite long. It can happen, that it lasts for 7 days, after that stops for 2 days and then starts again. So sometimes it even lasts the whole month. Other reasons to remove the fibroids are that they can also become cancerous and that Fridah cannot become pregnant and have a baby. Even if she is only 25.

So we really hope, to make the operation possible, that Fridah can be fine. She is a real good friend for me and I wish her a health and a happy life with the possibility to have kids and to start her own family.

Thank you for your support!


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Bianca Stawicki 
Göttingen, Niedersachsen, Deutschland
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